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When it comes to autobiography, the clichés are often the easiest to parrot. Words like 'warm', 'witty', and 'wry' are bandied about like cheap currency for a disposable celebrity-centric lexicon.
What survives Carrie Fisher though *is* her warmth. She's frank without being cutting, honest without excesses of self-pity. Despite herself, she's never felt like a celebrity. That wouldn't sit right with some authors, but there isn't a moment in 'The Princess Diarist' that seems peppered with the sort of incredulous sneering we might come to expect from celebrity memoir.
From easy charm to angsty poetry and back again, where there is humour in experience we're always in on the joke. That's ultimately what sets this memoir apart from so many others - the late great author knows we're all just 'jumped up, scruffy-looking nerf-herder[s]' at heart, but relishes sharing in the glorious unpredictability human life anyway.
She may have felt she lacked an intellectual streak, but her incisive observations philosophise with the best of them without ever seeming bombastic or 'precocious'. Hers aren't throwaway sentiments, while always aware of her capacity as actress, the tone isn't preoccupied with notions of 'legacy'. Instead, Fisher reminds us that sometimes the best of what is close to home resonates more fully set against that which seems 'far, far away' but that is, in its truest sense, ceaselessly and reassuringly human.
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She has the funniest analogies ever, really worth the read, and much more worth the listen
I am little sad only just to hear this now after her passing but I think she will always be with us in force and in memory forever :)